Our Story

Our Church

For us, the Church is not peripheral to the world, the world is peripheral to the church. This means the church we are becoming is God's chosen instrument to see real and significant change happen today. This change is for families, marriages, schools, relationships, health, and finances. Abundant Life Church are part of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC). You can find out more about what we believe below.

Our Team

Matt & Karen Sharples became the Senior Pastors of Abundant Life Church in 2007. Together they head up a team of Elders, Board, Connect Group leaders & Department leaders who all have specific roles within the church. We believe in a church where EVERY person is a leader in their own right, leading people from their own sphere of influence; and where EVERY person is living out the calling God has for their lives.

Matt, Karen and the Sharples Family.

Our History

Abundant Life Church was originally founded as Lauderdale Christian Life Centre under the leadership of Ps George & Pat Muskett. In the following years, it became Energizer Life Church under Ps Kevin Towns and later Ps John & AJ Crane; and in 2007, the name was again changed to Abundant Life Church, under Senior Pastors Matt & Karen Sharples.

Our Vision

In Jesus, we bring help for today and hope for tomorrow.

We do this by:

  • Connecting people to God: Through intimacy and invitation, we create opportunities to connect you into a deeper relationship with God (John 15:1-17).
  • Connecting people to Each Other: Through the development of strong and mature relationships, we grow together as followers of Jesus (Gal 6:1-2,9-10).
  • Connecting people to their Culture: Through taking faith into our everyday lives, we empower others to do the same (Matt 5:13-16).
  • Connecting people to the World: Through our local, regional and global focus, we engage with missions projects here and around the world (Matt 25:14-45).

Our Mission

To be a Christian Church of influence and significance, bringing abundant life and hope to our world.

Our Values

A Jesus Centered Life - Growing in intimacy and maturity with Jesus

People & Communities - Invitations to take the first steps and next steps of faith

Honour & Celebration - Moving in joy, freedom and taking responsibility for our gifts, diversity and development


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